The difference a Carers Trust grant makes
Access to Carers Trust grants enables Network Partners to provide often life-changing awards to the carers they support.
Thanks to our generous donors, in 2019/20 we awarded over £1.6m in grants including over £902k to support over 9,200 carers across the UK, including 3,672 young and young adult carers.
With a grant from us, 1,939 carers were able to have a break from caring, purchase goods such as a washing machine or cooker or learn skills to help them manage the impact of being a carer. A further 7,279 carers were able to take part in group trips and activities, enjoying the chance to take time out and make new friends.
Our agile grant making meant that in March 2020 we also quickly put in place plans for a Carers Emergency Grant to tackle hardship caused by COVID-19.
Working with Carers Trust local carer services which submit the applications on behalf of carers, carers of all ages have been supported, whether they need a household item such as a bed, a break, or the chance to join in support activities with other carers. Participating in these projects allowed carers to benefit from peer support, as well as expert information and advice provided through their local Carers Trust Network Partner.
For many carers, a small grant can make a big difference
Carers like 59-year-old Abia who cares for her 30-year-old son, Abdel. He has depression and suicidal thoughts. Abia constantly worries about her son – he doesn’t leave the house, has no friends, and shows no enthusiasm for life.
Caring also affects Abia’s own health and wellbeing. She too has a history of depression, as well as arthritis, and is stressed and tired – a situation not helped by having to sleep in a broken bed. Although she works part time, the family struggle on a low income. Her local Network Partner helped Abia to apply for a Carers Trust grant of £250 towards a new bed.
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